5 Oscar nominees you actually need to see
Thelma Young February 24, 2013 WagingNonviolence.org
Chile’s first film in the Oscars will bring you back to 1988, when acid-washed jeans were hot and Chile was holding a referendum to decide whether they wanted to keep General Pinochet or not. In comes René Saavedra (played by Gael Garcia Bernal), who tries to use his commercial advertising skills to revamp the anti-Pinochet campaign. I really appreciated the scenes where the opposition movement is debating how they want to communicate — do you speak of the anguish, the trials and the political prisoners, and pay homage to the suffering, or do you try to lift fear by inspiring people with a positive message of the future? There’s a good chance you will come out humming some catchy pro-democracy jingles. That’s right — jingles. Right now it’s only playing in theaters in New York and Los Angeles, but hope for a wider release.
5 Broken Cameras
While lots of films about Palestine are all about politics, this documentary also gives us a poignant personal story. The film was created by a Palestinian villager, Emad Burnat, who first bought a camera to document the life of his youngest son, but ended up also capturing years of his town’s nonviolent resistance to Israeli settlements. The West Bank village of Bil’in has become well known for its people’s courageous efforts; however, what gives this film its strength is the footage of family life behind the resistance — scenes like the one when Burnat’s son’s first words are “wall” and “army,” or even the most casual friendly gathering. The quiet juxtaposition of these moments with the scenes of marches and tear gas are a powerful combination. You can watch it on Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and Amazon (so there’s really no excuse not to see it).
How to Survive a Plague
In this short documentary, the directors explore the life of the most endearing and creative teenager you could ever meet. Inocente covers her face and jeans with beautiful colors, which is her way of coping with the difficult life of being a homeless, undocumented 15-year-old living in San Diego. It’s a vibrant, character-driven short that made me want to cheer for this girl and buy all her paintings (though I could do without the film’s soundtrack).
Nominated: Best Documentary Short[vimeo 45076136 w=500 h=281] Subscribe or “Follow” us on riseuptimes.wordpress.com. For the TC EVENTS calendar and the ACTIONS AND ACTION ALERTS click on the tab at the top of the page and click on the item of interest to view. WAMMToday is also on Facebook! Check the WAMMToday page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today. Find us on twitter at WAMMToday (@touchpeace).